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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: Do child maltreatment victimization rates vary by the race/ethnicity of the victim?
A: Yes. In 2010, Black, Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Hispanic youth were more likely to be victimized than white youth.

Maltreatment victimization rate by race/ethnicity, 2010

Victim race/ethnicity* Rate**

Black 14.6
Multiple race 12.7
American Indian/Alaskan Native 11.0
Pacific Islander 10.9
Hispanic 8.8
White 7.8
Asian 1.9

Notes: *Race groups do not include Hispanic youth. Hispanic youth can be of any race. **The victimization rate is per 1,000 children under 18 in each race/ethnicity group. Rates are based on the unique count of child victims. This table is based on sample data reported by a varying number of states (Oregon & Pennsylvania did not provide race/ethnicity data).

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  • Asian youth had lower maltreatment victimization rates than any other race/ethnicity group.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02107.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. Child Maltreatment 2010. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011.


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